Jeremy Hoye has been a leading designer of alternative men’s rings for over 20 years. His designs range from old school to ultra-modern, showcasing unusual men’s rings and other items of jewellery that appeal to every style.
He also offers a commission service, which allows customers to get involved in the creation of their own, one-off pieces. In the past, he has made bespoke men’s rings and pendants using items such as old coins, eagle claws and unusual stones.
Many of these unique men’s rings have featured on the hands of band members from Placebo, Killing Joke, and Bush. Brighton-based DJ Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim is also a regular customer. Jeremy draws a lot of inspiration from the tattoo sub-culture, using symbols such as skulls, anchors, swallows, snakes, roses and hearts to create items that are both interesting and wearable.
Comfort is a key factor when it comes to handmade men’s rings; each piece is designed to be suitable for everyday wear. Many of Jeremy’s collections illustrate his experiences; for example, Rocks was inspired by rock formations he saw on his trip to Sardinia, the Shrunken Head pendants were released following a visit to Borneo and Tiki is based on Polynesian wood carvings. In his spare time, Jeremy also enjoys building and restoring classic American hot rods; his Finn collection was inspired by the GM Autorama Concept Cars, and designed to resemble lavish fenders, highlighting their streamlined nature to form different men’s rings.
Jeremy’s works are available in silver, yellow gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum and can be finished with matt, polished or oxidised detail, black rhodium plated, white rhodium plated or gold plated. He also offers a selection of men’s diamond rings; white and black diamonds and other precious and semi-precious stones can be incorporated into most designs.
The traditional style men’s college rings can be set with a deep-coloured, cabochon amethyst or garnet. Signet rings can also be personalised using initials or family crests; the HD shield ring features Jeremy’s very own coat of arms, which he designed to commemorate the launch of the Hoye Division collection.
With over twenty years’ worth of collections, there is something for everyone. For a lot of men, a wedding ring is the only item of jewellery that they wear; therefore, it is imperative that it is interesting.
Jeremy feels that rings should look like they belong on the person, so they should reflect their personality. In terms of width, there is a choice of narrow, medium and wide which varies depending on the collection. The purpose of this is so that anyone could choose their favourite style and it would look in proportion to their finger.